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The 100 villagers from Kompong Speu who were evicted and/or impacted by the sugar cane plantations financed with a loan from ANZ Royal held an orderly demonstration at the bank’s head office for the second consecutive day. They spread fake US$100 bills, tainted with red paint in front of the entrance, before receiving a written note from the manager of the bank.

See also yesterday’s post HERE.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, taint fake US Dollar bills with red paint on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, taint fake US Dollar bills with red paint on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, taint fake US Dollar bills with red paint on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, taint fake US Dollar bills with red paint on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, throw fake US Dollar bills tainted with red paint on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, throw fake US Dollar bills tainted with red paint on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Box of sugar cane passing in front of villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/10/2014: Box of sugar cane passing in front of villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, on their second day of a protest in front of the bank's main branch.

Update: Seems I missed a few photo-ops by leaving too early…

In French they say ‘l’argent n’a pas d’odeur’ (money has no odour)… Really?

Six villagers from Oral and Thnong in Kompong Speu province whose lives were heavily impacted by the 8,343-hectare sugar cane plantation Phnom Penh Sugar, owned by ruling party Senator Ly Yong Phat, which was financed with a loan by ANZ Royal Bank, demonstrated in front of the bank’s main office. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were prevented by the police from leaving their province to join the demonstration in the capital.

UPDATE: Some 100 villagers finally managed to join the 6 protesting in front of the bank. I added 9 more photographs…

See also this, at a time when it was not clear yet that this village was involved in the same issues as Oral.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake using her bull horn to help villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, when protesting in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake using her bull horn to help villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, when protesting in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Land rights activist from Boeung kak lake using her bull horn to help villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, when protesting in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Land rights activist from Boeung kak lake using her bull horn to help villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, when protesting in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu province who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were prevented by the police to leave their village to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu province who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were prevented by the police to leave their village to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu province who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were prevented by the police to leave their village to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu province who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were prevented by the police to leave their village to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/09/2014: Villagers from Kampong Speu who were impacted by vast sugar plantations which were financed by ANZ Royal Bank, protest in front of the bank's main branch. Ten trucks with about 150 villagers were first prevented by the police to leave their village but finally managed to join the protest in the capital.

Twenty-four hours after the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded, the water went down a few centimeters only, leaving tens of houses filled with itchy and foul water. The area is located next to a containment lake which was filled up with sand by development company Sukaku Inc. who was granted a 99 year lease to develop the area.

The angry residents, just like the day before, held a demonstration in front of City Hall, this time ripping open bags of rice contaminated by floodwater and spreading its content on the road.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents with rice wasted by floodwater during a protest in front of City Hall. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents with rice wasted by floodwater during a protest in front of City Hall. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Residents scooping water from their home. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Residents scooping water from their home. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Student's shoes drying.24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Student's shoes drying.24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents during a protest in front of City Hall writing with rice wasted by floodwater. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents during a protest in front of City Hall writing with rice wasted by floodwater. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents with rice wasted by floodwater during a protest in front of City Hall. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents with rice wasted by floodwater during a protest in front of City Hall. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Truck finding its way through flooded area. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/09/2014: Truck finding its way through flooded area. 24 hours after a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was still flooded. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

In Phnom Penh, when the rain stops, the waters recede and the flooding eases away… Except in Boeung Kak: the water stays a bit longer. The following photographs were taken several hours after most other parts of central Phnom Penh were dry.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: After a heavy rainfall, the area of Boeung Kak lake was flooded yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake land rights activists protesting in front of the Municipality after a heavy rainfall flooded the area of Boeung Kak lake yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/09/2014: Boeung Kak lake land rights activists protesting in front of the Municipality after a heavy rainfall flooded the area of Boeung Kak lake yet again. These floods occur more frequently and are more severe since a developlment company, having obtained a 99 year lease from the municipality in 2007, filled the lake with sand.

This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

The Australians who masterminded the idea to get rid of people who thought a rich country like Australia, which was built upon massive migrations, would be generous enough to take them in, are so scared of changing anything in their comfortable life that they just don’t see the energy refugees bring to a country. Dumping those who came for help to a country like Cambodia which is still struggling to find some social justice is a clear demonstration of cynicism for one side and greedy cynicism on the other.

In fact many Cambodians were a refugee at one point in their life. Many still are. Look at these few photographs below, or see many more on my website.

I worked on refugee situations for many years… These stories can be found HERE. It looks like I will pick up where I left.

THAILAND. Khao I Dang. 23/10/1989: MSF paediatric ward.

THAILAND. Khao I Dang. 23/10/1989: MSF paediatric ward.

THAILAND. Site 2. 11/10/1989: Khmer displaced in a camp along the border. Family photograph for the ration card. The father, with n°2, is absent because he is inside Cambodia with the resistance fighters.

THAILAND. Site 2. 11/10/1989: Khmer displaced in a camp along the border. Family photograph for the ration card. The father, with n°2, is absent because he is inside Cambodia with the resistance fighters.

THAILAND. Site 2. 13/10/1989: Khmer displaced.

THAILAND. Site 2. 13/10/1989: Khmer displaced.

THAILAND. Site 2. 16/10/1989: Khmer displaced. Water transport.

THAILAND. Site 2. 16/10/1989: Khmer displaced. Water transport.

THAILAND. Khao I Dang refugee camp. 19/10/1989: Khmer refugees. Newlyweds waiting for their guests.

THAILAND. Khao I Dang refugee camp. 19/10/1989: Khmer refugees. Newlyweds waiting for their guests.

THAILAND. Khao I Dang. 21/10/1989: Khmer displaced. In front of clandestine video room.

THAILAND. Khao I Dang. 21/10/1989: Khmer displaced. In front of clandestine video room.

Some 150 members from various civil society groups, taken in hand by monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ), held a protest in the vicinity of the Australian Embassy which was cordoned off by riot police units. A short scuffle when demonstrators tried to force a passage resulted in the injury of one land rights activist.

The Canberra government will sign a controversial agreement with the Cambodian authorities this afternoon regarding refugees who arrived on their soil to be sent to Cambodia on a voluntary basis instead, in exchange for a $US 40 million aid package spread over the next 10 years.

Correction (29/09/2014): It is $Aus 40 million (approx. $US 35) and they are spread over 4 years not 10).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Riot police getting ready to block access to the Australian Embassy for a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Riot police getting ready to block access to the Australian Embassy for a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) at a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) at a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Riot police blocking access to the Australian Embassy during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Riot police blocking access to the Australian Embassy during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) at a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) at a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Scuffle during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years. One land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake was injured.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Scuffle during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years. One land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake was injured.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Scuffle during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years. One land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake was injured.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Scuffle during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years. One land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake was injured.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Scuffle during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years. One land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake was injured.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Scuffle during a demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years. One land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake was injured.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 26/09/2014: Demonstration by civil society against the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia which would see over a 1000 refugee candidates sent to the Kingdom against US$ 40 million in aid spread over 10 years.

The last Vietnamese soldier officially left the Cambodian soil tomorrow September 26th, 25 years ago… The signing of the Paris Peace Accord of 1991 was now possible.

I spent one month in Cambodia in May and June 1989, a few months before the Vietnamese army withdrawal.

My first visit in S.E.Asia… Here is what I came back with (updated with never published before photographs)…

CAMBODIA. Siem Reap. 03/06/1989: Photograph of vietnamese soldiers in front of the Angkor Wat temple.

CAMBODIA. Siem Reap. 03/06/1989: Photograph of vietnamese soldiers in front of the Angkor Wat temple.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/05/89. Discarded propaganda posters about Vietnamese soldiers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/05/89. Discarded propaganda posters about Vietnamese soldiers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 20/05/1989: Hun Sen, Prime Minister, and Heng Samrin, during celebration of Hatred Day, commemorating the invasion of vietnamese troops in Cambodia to liberate it from the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 20/05/1989: Hun Sen, Prime Minister, and Heng Samrin, during celebration of Hatred Day, commemorating the invasion of vietnamese troops in Cambodia to liberate it from the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA. Chhoeung Ek. 20/05/89: 'Hatred Day' commemoration by the ruling CPP (Cambodian People's Party) at the 'Killing Fields' memorial of Choeung Ek.

CAMBODIA. Chhoeung Ek. 20/05/89: 'Hatred Day' commemoration by the ruling CPP (Cambodian People's Party) at the 'Killing Fields' memorial of Choeung Ek.

CAMBODIA. Chhoeung Ek (Phnom Penh). 19/05/1989: Inauguration of a buddhist temple.

CAMBODIA. Chhoeung Ek (Phnom Penh). 19/05/1989: Inauguration of a buddhist temple.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/1989: Street 19.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/1989: Street 19.

For the past 5 years I have been documenting the development projects in areas where people were evicted from. Well… in fact it ends up to be a reflection on what the ‘ideal’ city looks like for some after a very superficial imagery transfer from one culture to another.

These other landscape photographs can be seen on my website at this link.

Here is a recent set…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/09/2014: Development projects on Koh Pich (Diamond Island).